SahBabii is my newest discovery and one of the easiest picks I had to make. Today’s rap fan welcome biters with open arms and SahBabii has the current Atlanta style of rap mastered.
Key is sure to make waves in 2017 as one of the leaders of Atlanta rap culture. His new project Live Slow Die Old will surely propel him to the next level.
20. Rich The Kid
Many would say Rich has already blown but he has yet to get the honors he has been vocal about wanting like the XXL freshman cover. I see him and Dex getting the cover this year, pushing them higher in the ranks.
19. Vic Mensa
Vic is already on a pretty high level having gone on tour in Europe with Beiber and being signed to RocNation, but 2017 is the year his debut album Traffic is supposed to be released a project I have been anticipating for years. Theres Alot Going On was strong but Traffic is sure to be Vic’s first true classic.
18. Vince Staples
Vince has already teased the public with his new hard hitting single BagBak, and an equally as hard album is sure to follow this year. Having Vince on this list is like, duh.
17. Travis Scott
Astroworld is the third album by La Flame, and is set to be released in 2017. Don’t really need to explain why you should pay attention to this guy.
16. Joey Fatts
Joey has been making major moves already by establishing artists for his budding Cutthroat Records label. His next project is called 562. Catch Joey and Dsavage together on the At Your Neck Tour.
15. Lil Bibby
Bibby is poised to drop Free Crack this year and singles “You Aint Gang” and “Thought It Was A Drought” are promising precursors to the project. Bibby will be around a long time and should always be paid attention to.
14. G Herbo
Bibby vs Herb was a common argument that was had in my neighborhood when they first came into the game. I was and still am on team Herbo and in 2017 he should help me shut up the opposition. Herbo has the collab tape with Bibby No Limitations, the collab tape with Southside Swervo, and finally his debut album executive produced by the legendary No I.D Humble Beast. 2017 is Herbo’s year.
Nav is one of the few of today’s current artists to keep a shroud of mystery around him. This mysterious allure causes millions to flock to his Soundcloud whenever he drops anything. I’m sure the results will be the same if not way bigger when he drops the tape all produced by Metro Boomin this year.
12. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
A Boogies music is simply undeniable. It’s just too good. Those who deny him are lost in their Bone’s/Lil Peep, pit of despair and need to wake up.
Da$H and RetcH have some of the most potential out of the entire East Coast. Da$H is dropping Loose Skrew this year and built excitement with the grimy video for the single “Grade A”. You have to pay attention to anyone that Yam$ was trying to put on.
Similar to the Herbo vs Bibby argument, I had the RetcH vs Da$H argument with many, and I have always favored RetcH’s style. Since being released from jail RetcH has been fucking up the road on tour and if his IG snippets are any indication, his new tape 1UP is going to be crazy. Another one of Yamborghini’s disciples.
9. Uno The Activist
Uno is supremely confident in his rapping ability and the quality of his music. In a recent interview on No Jumper he stated “I think I’m one of the best rappers out, Im a clever muhfucker”. I agree with Uno’s statement and have been listening to multiple records like “What”,”Stomp Em Out”, and “Rackades” non-stop. Uno is going to t’up in 2017.
8. DSAVAGE 3900
Dsavage is one of Joey Fatts young boys signed to Cutthroat Records. He just dropped “I Know II” and it got over 1million plays in just under 35 hours. Dsavage also has a mysterious tape to be released in 2017. Until then I can still listen to Tendencies 10x in a row.
7. Playboi Carti
Well this is kind of a no brainer. Carti is signed to Interscope and his unofficially leaked music gains as much buzz and talk as if he was letting stuff go himself. This kind of ravenous fan base is what is going to propel Carti to the next level.
6. Kodak Black
Kodak Black is going to be one of the next big rap superstars. He is cut from the Ross, Gucci, Jeezy type cloth. If you don’t see Kodak being around for at least 10 years your dumb.
5. Divine Council
There isn’t another rap group out like Divine Council. ICYTWAT, $ilkmoney, Cyrax!, and Lord Linco (Free Carvell Smoove) all bring something special to the group that combines to become some of the most exciting and actually new rap music to come out in a long time. Andre 3000 doesn’t just do songs with people who aren’t going to be around for at least a few years.
4. Maxo Kream
I have recently been sitting with Maxo’s two latest projects Maxo 187, and The Persona Tape. After listening to these extensively I have realized that Maxo is also one of raps next big names. The man is like the internet generations response to the Swisher House era and his music, style and persona trumps those niggas ten fold.
Wifi has already been making waves this year with his last tape When Hell Falls. He talks on that tape about how XXL had been giving him motivation to go harder in order to make the Freshman cover. Hopefully Wifi uses this motivation to churn out an even greater project and officially solidify him as a very popular entity.
2. Ski Mask The Slump God
Ski and X are two of my favorite artists out right now and they are pioneers to a whole new sub genre of hip hop. Ski’s enigmatic personality and hilarious bars (when I’m in that pussy bitch I’m tryna break ya vertebrae) will help him and X build a cult fan base and give them longevity in the game.
In an era of clones being shamelessly accepted and promoted as “new” artists X is one who actually has a different take on rap music. Wait till X is freed and the video for Look At Me drops. No more talking will have to be done.
There are a bunch of guys I left off, and could have been switched with others, I don’t get paid for this yet so please spare me.